Pompano Beach Magazine, May 2023

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The Grass is Getting Greener

There are several improvement projects brewing around town, including new turf for one of the golf courses and a new soccer complex.

Spendid Details

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Creatively Speaking


Pompano Picks

If you are looking for stuff to do, this month we feature a Lego exhibit at Flamingo Gardens, Old Town Untapped, Mother’s Day events and much more. Go forth and enjoy.


Pompano Peeps

So many smiles. Enjoy photos from the annual Pompano Beach Fine Food & Wine Celebration.


It Dawned on Me Unexpected mementos.


Try the Wine

Surprising Sancerre and other French sauvignon blancs.


Creatively Cooking

Tomato tagliatelle — quick weeknight pasta dinner that’s loaded with brie.


Out to Eat

Consult our list of local restaurants when you can’t decide where to go. 56


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The Non-Event

Irecently watched an old episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” when Jerry himself said something profound.

After filming with the comedian Sarah Silverman over coffee and breakfast at a diner, the two decided to visit a donut shop for an apres breakfast treat. As they entered the store, Jerry said, “I figured out that the non-event is the best part.”

This seemingly uncomplicated observation truly struck a chord with me.

Ms. Silverman replied that her dad was the same way and often remarked how he had a great day simply running errands with his grandchildren.

Of course, life can be exhilarating while traveling to exotic destinations or achieving impressive milestones. But graduations and wedding receptions come and go, lavish parties end, and sadly all vacations eventually come to a close.

To extract all the joy from life, we need to luxuriate in the small moments. And not only do we need to relish them, but we need to acknowledge their significance in forming a fulfilling life. For a life well lived, we need to practically bathe in the smaller moments.

I often joke with my husband Richard that I am pretty happy just making a Target run with him on a dreary Saturday when we have no plans. If we want to spice it up, we grab lunch or stop for a cappuccino. And sometimes, we get in our PJs early and enjoy a leisurely dinner on the couch while we veg-out in front of the TV.

I’ve learned that I shouldn’t view those days as a failure to plan a glorious weekend, but rather as an opportunity to enjoy a quiet night at home.

Sometimes, as I fall asleep at night, I think to myself how I can’t wait to enjoy my morning cup of coffee. I should infuse more parts of my everyday life with such vaulted appreciation.

Life in South Florida in the United States of America can be pretty fan-flipping-tastic.

So on those days when work is stressful, and I wish I had a vacation planned, I need to remind myself that I can take a break and enjoy an iced coffee in my backyard because it is 75 degrees and sunny in February.

I must remind myself that I can FaceTime with my daughter who is away at college anytime — as long as she picks up. And that my son and his girlfriend can bring home my favorite flavor of Hoffman’s ice cream, and we can all sit at the kitchen table after dinner and chat over a dish of the best ice cream around (except, of course, for my homemade fig, Cognac, and cashew ice cream).

When I look back, I naturally remember a few standout vacations and momentous occasions, but the memories I treasure the most are of the simplest times — like watching a movie together on a rainy day, Sunday morning bagels, and spontaneous jaunts to the Starbucks drive-thru just because.

All those non-events add up to something pretty spectacular. Yet, as I write this, I can’t help but ponder, what are we doing this weekend?

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Please confirm events prior to setting out on your adventure.

Ocean Blues and Brews

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 | 4 – 8pm (VIP starts at 3pm)

WHERE: Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach

COST: Free to attend – Craft Beer Festival tickets required for sampling. $40/general admission, $60/VIP. Puchase on eventbrite.com. Must be 21 or older.

WHAT: Calling all craft brew enthusiasts! Spend a day at the beach and sample beers from some fantastic breweries while listening to a variety of blues music entertainers. There will be an assortment of local foods, cold beverages, and arts and crafts vendors. So even if you are not a craft beer connoisseur, there will be plenty to enjoy.

Giant Lego Sculptures Coming to Flamingo Gardens

WHEN: May 27 – September 4 | 9:30am – 4pm

WHERE: Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie

COST: $21.95/adult, $15.95/child (visit flamingogardens.org/exhibits for more ticket options)

Featuring over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® pieces, Sean Kenney’s Nature POP® exhibition explores the beauty of nature through contemporary, stylized, and colorful displays that stand in striking contrast to their surroundings.

Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida. Located in Davie, the natural botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary features native flora and fauna on 60

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

WHEN: Monday, May 29 | 10am

WHERE: McNab Park, 2250 E. Atlantic Blvd. to Pompano Beach Cemetery

WHAT: Memorial Day honors and remembers our Nation’s Fallen Heroes. The City of Pompano Beach will honor our community’s veterans, military service members and their families with a parade and special program. After the parade, the ceremony will commence. For more information, please call 954-786-4111.

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I care for people in their 80s and 90s who refuse to relinquish their independence and opt for surgery to regain an active lifestyle. I also treat patients in their 20s and 30s who desire an improved quality of life and want to feel “normal” again.

Safely Going Home the Day of Surgery

My emphasis on preempting and preventing pain after surgery has been a game changer. Patients walk the day of surgery and the vast majority of my patients go straight home the afternoon of their hip or knee replacement surgery. This requires coordinated pre-operative planning and detailed communication between my staff and the patient.

“I was in pain, dragging my leg and had the most embarrassing limp. A week after surgery I was no longer limping. Dr. Leone also performed two bilateral knee replacements on my husband. We are a Leone Family!”

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“My original orthopedic surgeon just dismissed me when I was in pain. Dr. Leone really listened and fixed what other surgeons wouldn’t touch. Two weeks since my revision total knee replacement I’m pain-free for the first time in five years”

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Old Town Untapped

WHERE: Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA), 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach

WHEN: Friday, April 5 | 6 – 10pm

COST: Free.

WHAT: Head to Old Town Pompano for a fun-filled Friday night. Patrons will enjoy live music from local bands and a DJ, art gallery openings at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, craft beer, food trucks, and vendors selling unique and artistic merchandise. This event, which takes place on the first Friday of each month, is free for all ages. The fun takes place in the heart of downtown Pompano Beach, at the intersection of NE First Street and N. Flagler Avenue.

Ladies Night

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3 | 6 – 9pm

WHERE: The Bite Eatery, 2715 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach

COST: Food and drink available for purchase

WHAT: Visit the brand-new Bite Eatery for their weekly Ladies’ Night! Live music and a DJ will be present! Ladies get discounted drinks.

Music Under the Stars

WHEN: Friday, May 12 | 7pm

WHERE: Pompano Beach Great Lawn, 20-98 N Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach

COST: Free

WHAT: Make your way towards the beach for an evening of music and entertainment as the Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department presents Music under the Stars. The music starts at 7:00pm on the Great Lawn at the Atlantic and Pompano Beach Boulevard intersection. Music under the Stars is held on the second Friday of every month! This month features a jazz group called The Human Touch.

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Celebrate Mom

Mother’s Day is May 14

Mother’s Day Brunch-Love Trees (Champagne/Snacks)

WHEN: Sunday, May 14 | 11am – 1pm

WHERE: Painting with a Twist, 1185 S Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach

COST: $45/per person

WHAT: All family members are welcome to paint with their children. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to get smocked and in your seat. Feel free to bring finger foods in case you or your children get hungry during the break. The studio provides ice for your drinks. Please note you must be 21 to drink alcohol, and ID will be required. Also, no babies or observers will be allowed at the event.

Low Key Mother’s Day

$5 beer all day at Pompano Beach Brewing

WHEN: Sunday, May 14 | 12 –8pm

WHERE: Pompano Beach Brewing Company, 3200 NW 23rd Ave., Suite 500, Pompano Beach

WHAT: OK, this might be an out-of-the-box Mother’s Day plan, but if mom is a fan of local brews, Pompano Beach Brewing offers $5 drafts every Wednesday and Sunday. Lucky for beerloving moms everywhere, Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday.

Mother’s Day at Galuppi’s

WHEN: Sunday, May 14

WHERE: Galuppi’s, 1103 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach

COST: $54.99/adults | $24.99/children (12 and under)

WHAT: Galuppi’s makes Mother’s Day a special occasion as guests are ushered through a special holiday entrance surrounded by a floral trellis pathway and greeted on the backyard terrace before entering the decorated banquet hall or seated at the outdoor covered patio. No matter where you sit, you will enjoy views of the Greg Norman designed Pompano greens. Guest will enjoy Galuppi’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet prepared by friendly staffers who make it their business to see to it that mom is happy on her special day. For more information, visit galuppis.com/special_event/mothers-day.

Mother’s Day at Deering

WHEN: Sunday, May 14 | 10am-4pm

WHERE: Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami

COST: $7-$50

WHAT: Pack a lunch and bring the family for a picnic with a beautiful backdrop or take a Mother’s Day Bay Cruise departing from the Deering Estate grounds. For more information, call 305-235-1668 or visit deeringestate.org.

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The Shocking Truth About The Shocking Truth About Florida's Real Estate Agents Florida's Real Estate Agents

Recent trends identified Florida as the #1 state people are moving to, but also more people getting licensed to become real estate agents Florida has the most Realtors® in the Country - 218,906 to be exact (per NAR 2/2023). There now may be more agents than alligators in all the Everglades!

All joking aside, it's important to remember that not all Realtors are made equal. Hallmarks of a great agent include dogged determination, negotiation skills, marketing savvy, data analysis, and in-depth knowledge of the community they serve These skills take time and effort to develop and are not acquired overnight

They decided to help new agents by forming a group called Your Florida Agent Team at LoKation Real Estate® dedicated to helping those truly interested in becoming career Realtors They learned the best path was experience itself Pure altruism drove them to host New Agent Meetups at Lokation to share the trials and tribulations of their first years

"We wouldn't be where we are today without our amazing team and support partners," Brian says "We want to pay this forward and be a resource for other agents, whether it's answering questions or providing guidance "

They were also dismayed that far too many Realtors are just in it for the transaction so Brian and Terra took a friends and family approach, building relationships and truly caring about the homes and families they work with This approach proved successful in their second year in real estate, moving them up the ranking of Lokation and being recognized by their Brokerage as “Rising Stars” in 2021.

As they continue to grow their business and help more clients achieve their dreams of homeownership, the Buckleys are excited to be one of the inaugural members of their brokerage's new division, Lokation Luxury The elevated brand offers a suite of high-tech and refined marketing materials complete with training and other resources like websites, social media automation, and a business analytics platform to stay on task and market properties "We're thrilled to be a part of Lokation Luxury's new branch division, it has substantially helped us position our brand for multi-million dollar deals," says Terra

The problem is, way too many get into this industry and are not dedicating 100% The “fake it ‘til you make it” adage applies Industry insiders claim the vast majority of Realtors are not worthy of the responsibility. Too many agents lack experience, ethics, and even working knowledge of FREC laws. Further, many Realtors are not helpful to their peers or even outright deceiving

Let's take a Case Study: Brian and Terra Buckley moved from Atlanta and got their license three years ago After their first year in the business, the couple found the competition was fierce and not knowing many people, they had to invest countless hours of learning from their Broker how to run a business in Real Estate and begin honing their marketing to find Clients all the while overcoming the "cattiness" of their fellow Realtors. This was shocking to them They vowed to be different

Thanks to their respectful approach to fellow Realtors and treating their clients like family, the Buckleys finished 2022 as a Top-Five Team at Lokation, which is the fourth-largest brokerage in Florida, with more than 3,500 agents.

With their commitment to collaboration, teamwork, and client rapport, it's no wonder Brian and Terra are rising stars in the industry They're proof that not all Realtors are equal, and that sometimes the best ones are the ones who are willing to share their success and make the world a better place, one home at a time.

We truly believe in the power of collaboration and supporting fellow Realtors.
Training, Support, Technology Leads & Culture are requirements of a Broker to get started
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Unexpected Mementos

The Blue Bag bears some similarity to “The Red Balloon,” a charming short film set in Paris in 1956. In the film, a boy finds a red balloon with somewhat anthropomorphic qualities. Spoiler alert! The balloon dies. But it’s OK in the end; this is an uplifting little movie.

Recently, I rewatched “The Red Balloon” and realized that sometimes you should suspend disbelief and go along for the wild ride that is life.

Still with me? Wow, you’re a masochist! Anyway, the blue bag.

passed the cemetery where my late husband is buried, The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” came on the radio. I took a moment to collect myself. Remembering him while driving to talk about ice cream might be the definition of bittersweet.

The next morning, we prepared for our first day on the water with the sellers. I remembered I had a cooler bag perfect for boating; it was the cooler bag my husband and I had bought when we were regular boaters. And yes (finally, here’s the point), it’s a blue bag.

The bag was in my garage, where it’s been since I moved out of the home my late husband and I shared into my new home three years ago. Apparently, I moved it without so much as a glance at its contents. The move was fraught with memories, some bitter, some sweet (just like life), so I just shoved the bag in the garage to deal with sometime in the future.

Well, here we are in the future. I brought the bag into the house to clean it before using it and felt something in its pockets. Sure enough, there was still stuff my husband had left inside. It was nothing important — napkins, a few plastic spoons, and a boating guide — but seeing those items, and realizing he was probably the last one to touch them, took my breath away for a few moments. Again, I had to collect myself.

Recently, a longtime friend and I purchased a local business (The Ice Cream Float! Look for us on the water!). The sellers, who started the business in 2020, are terrific folks who are doing everything possible to ensure our success.

The day before our first “training session” with the sellers, I was driving to their home for a meeting. As I

Here’s what I believe with all my heart — yesterday, when I passed the cemetery, he ensured that Bittersweet Symphony accompanied me. And today, when I opened that blue bag, he was right there with me again.

Life takes so many twists and turns. Some are happy, and some are sad. But it’s taught me one thing: You never know what’s right around the corner. So make the most of every minute, and by the way, get out on the water! Find joy in the everyday. Y

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Surprising Sancerre

And Other French Sauvignon Blancs

If you like or are interested in wine, you’ve probably had a glass of sauvignon blanc, very likely from New Zealand, California, or perhaps France. Sauvignon blanc is among the most popular and accessible dry white wines. It’s usually plentiful in wine stores and food markets and commonly found on restaurant and bar wine lists. And with summer around the corner, chilled sauvignon blanc fits the bill for a light, refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm afternoon with a light lunch, early evening appetizers, or a sushi dinner. With its crystal-clear, light straw color, floral, citrus, and herbal aromas, flinty mineral freshness, and assorted vivid fruit and other flavors, it’s an ideal accompaniment for all kinds of fish, cooked and raw vegetables, cheese, grilled chicken, barbequed ribs, and many other foods. And happily, it’s still possible to buy a good bottle of sauvignon blanc at retail for about $10-20 and some outstanding bottles for under $30-$35.

I enjoy sauvignon blanc wines very much, especially Sancerre, the signature French version of this wine. Named for the historic village and its surrounding region in France’s Loire Valley, the town Sancerre sits on a high hilltop that overlooks the Loire River, France’s longest. The location is almost smack-dab in the middle of France, which helped

White Sancerre is made solely from sauvignon blanc grapes grown on the region’s often steep limestone, clay, and Silex (flint) hillsides. These unique soil conditions help to give Sancerre sauvignon blanc wines their prized focus, vibrant mineral freshness, racy elegance, and an astonishing range of intense flavors and aromas. Many people more knowledgeable about wine than I feel — and I agree — that Sancerre is among the purest expressions of sauvignon blanc.

to make Sancerre a hub for the heroic French Resistance movement that fought Nazi occupiers in World War II. But Sancerre’s modern claim to fame is its wine, which has been made there for over a thousand years. (Sancerre vintners, in case you’re wondering, also make red and rosé wines with pinot noir grapes.)

Unfortunately, Sancerre’s sauvignon blanc wines used to be among France’s most reasonably priced wines, but no more. White Sancerre wines, which are more popular than ever, now retail routinely in the $25-50 range. Top Sancerre wines sell well above that, and Pouilly Fumé, a similar sauvignon blanc wine that is made across the river from Sancerre and sometimes has smokey aromas, has also gotten similarly pricey. Fortunately for

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Perhaps the most unexpected sauvignon blanc food pairing is sauvignon blanc wines with Cheetos — yes Cheetos. Vanessa Price in her fun and sometimes wacky book, “Big Macs & Burgundy,” compares this match to “milk and cookies.”

budget-conscious wine enthusiasts, other wine districts or appellations west of Sancerre, such as Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, and Touraine also produce delicious and usually less expensive sauvignon blanc wines in a similar style. Although it had been unusual to see these in many US wine stores, that appears to be changing as Sancerre has gotten more expensive and Loire winemakers and their distributors seek to compete with the continuing tide of low-priced sauvignon blanc wines from New Zealand and other countries.

How Do Other Loire Sauvignon Blanc Wines Stack Up?

Just how comparable are these other Loire sauvignon blanc wines to Sancerre? To explore this question, I recently purchased and tried six different bottles of Loire Valley sauvignon blanc wines. Two were from Sancerre and two were from towns outside Sancerre. The last two were inexpensive regional wines — sort of “everyday” table wines — made from grapes sourced from various undisclosed areas in the Loire valley. Each wine, I thought, was very tasty and enjoyable — absolutely worth trying and less expensive than most Sancerre. (My tasting notes are at the end of this article). Of course, you might not find the brands I picked, but that’s okay. There are many good producers, some of whom I list below.

I still prefer signature Sancerre, but that’s not to disparage the others. The wines from Menetou-Salon and Touraine were made purely with locally grown grapes and were delicious wines. The Menetou-Salon was very similar to Sancerre; the Touraine was quite different. The two regional wines were tasty and very pleasant wines, especially for the money, but they also were simpler and more one-dimensional. Despite the small sample, these Loire alternatives to Sancerre hopefully serve as indicators of the overall good quality of the Loire’s sauvignon blanc wines.

Sauvignon Blanc Primer

Sauvignon blanc, literally and figuratively, has both its genetic and historical roots in France’s Loire and Bordeaux regions, and all sauvignon blanc vines grown outside France originated from French vines. Whether from France, New Zealand, the United States, South Africa, or another country, most sauvignon blanc wines share a taste profile that even people relatively new to wine can easily recognize and remember. The scents can remind us of grapefruit, green apples, honeysuckle, or cut grass, and the tastes can conjure combinations of

lemon-lime, apple, pear, lemony desserts, bell peppers, and more. Sommeliers and wine critics sometimes describe sauvignon blanc wines, especially those from the Loire, as tasting like gooseberries. In case you haven’t had a gooseberry lately — I certainly haven’t recently — they’re related to but larger than currents, usually green, and have a tangy, lemony taste. Anyway, good sauvignon blanc wines — gooseberry flavors and all — wake up the pallet with a firm but lip-smacking “zing.”

There are different styles of sauvignon blanc. Loire sauvignon blanc wines generally are made exclusively with sauvignon blanc grapes. They’re nearly always aged simply in steel tanks and seldom exposed to aging in oak barrels. That gives Loire sauvignon blanc wines their characteristic light straw color and clean, racy freshness and minerality. In Bordeaux, sauvignon blanc is used to make both

Tasting Notes


VINEYARD (13% ABV; $35-45): From one of Sancerre’s best vineyards. A bold, distinctive, and truly delicious wine. Harmonious, with ivid orange blossom, lime and tropical fruit aromas and vibrant layers of grapefruit, lemon, melon, and kiwi flavors. Juicy and complex. Outstanding!

2021 ANTHONY GIRARD LA CLEF DU RÉCIT SANCERRE (13% ABV; $25-35): Grapefruit and honeysuckle aromas. Lemon custard, apple, and tropical fruit flavors. Minerally fresh, tart and creamy with plenty of zing and power. Straight-up Sancerre in a lean modern style.

2021 ANTHONY GIRARD LA CLEF DU RÉCIT MENETOU-SALON (13% ABV; $20-30): Lovely. Lots of pear, apple, grass and citrus scents and perky lemon-lime, tropical fruit, and spice flavors. Nice balance of fruit, acidity, and minerality. Comparable to Sancerre.

2021 LES ROCHES TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC, VIGNERONS DE COTEAUX ROMANAIS (12% ABV; $12-20): A delicious different sauvignon blanc. Mildly tart, bold, round, and fruit forward with lemon, pear, cantaloupe, and green bell pepper. Creamy finish. Pleasant and easy-going. Excellent value.


CHARMES DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC (12.5% ABV; $15-22): Sweetly floral, pineapple, pear, and apricot aromas. Minerally but quite tart with lemon curd and herbal flavors. Nice but a bit out of balance.

2021 LES DEUX MOULINS SAUVIGNON BLANC, VIN DE FRANCE, COEUR WINE CO. (11.5% ABV; $12-18): A very pleasant, tasty everyday wine that could be an inexpensive house wine in a French restaurant. Light and refreshing with citrus, apricot, pineapple and other scents and flavors. Good quality on the cheap.

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dry white wines and the famous dessert wines, Sauternes and Barzac. Dry white Bordeaux wines are usually blended with semillon and aged briefly in oak, making these wines yellower, sweeter, and rounder. New Zealand makes massive amounts of sauvignon blanc that are nearly always 100% sauvignon blanc, aged in steel tanks, and known for zingy freshness and grapefruit, lemongrass, tropical fruit, and other flavors. California produces both Loire and Bordeaux blend style sauvignon blanc wines, so it’s good to read their labels to ensure which style and flavor profile you’ll likely taste.

Sauvignon Blanc and Food

It’s no secret that sauvignon blanc is great with many foods, especially fish and other seafood, and even salty dishes or foods cooked in oil or fat. Sauvignon blanc is one of the few wines that matches well with asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli. The alchemy behind sauvignon blanc’s wonderful chemistry with food is its combination of acidity, minerality, and modest alcohol content. Sauvignon blanc’s acidity cuts through and offsets fats and salt to bring out other flavors in food, and Loire wines’ flinty and sometimes chalky minerality softens bitter or harsh qualities in certain foods, like asparagus, spinach, and kale. Loire sauvignon blanc’s modest alcohol content makes it light compared to more alcoholic wines. Consequently, it’s less likely overwhelm and can help make some meals seem lighter as well.

Sauvignon blanc is lovely for casual dining. Try it, for example, with salad, fish and chips, fish tacos, fried chicken, or turkey or veggie burgers. Perhaps the most unexpected sauvignon blanc food pairing is sauvignon blanc wines with Cheetos — yes Cheetos. Vanessa Price in her fun and sometimes wacky book, “Big Macs & Burgundy,” compares this match to “milk and cookies.” I tasted Sancerre with Cheetos and agree they’re good together. But hey! I happen to love Cheetos and think they could go great with almost anything!

Shopping and Enjoying Loire Sauvignon Blanc

With some exceptions, most 100% sauvignon blanc wines are made to drink young. So buy wines from recent vintages — generally no more than a few years old — as most will start to lose their fruit and zip after three or four years in the bottle. I suggest drinking these wines cold but not ice-cold — around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take. Keep the bottle cool if you can.

These are some of the notable producers: Blanchet, Bourgeois, Crochet, Dageueneau, Delaporte, Duret, Fournier, Guyot, Jolivet, La Doucette, Mellot, Neveu, Pinard, Reverdy, Roblin, Roger, and Vacheron. Many make Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé as well as sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines in other Loire appellations. For more information about the Sancerre region, its history, and wines, see https://www.vins-centre-loire.com. Y

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Loaded with ooey-gooey brie, this quick pasta is sure to become a family favorite

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1 pound tagliatelle, cooked according to package directions

3 – 5 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3/4 cup basil leaves, divided and torn into pieces, plus more for garnish

2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated

2/3 cup good quality olive oil

10 ounces brie, rind removed and torn into bite-size pieces (see note)

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Red pepper flakes for serving (optional)


In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, 1/2 cup of basil, garlic, brie, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well. Cover and let it sit at room temperature for two hours. Choose a bowl large enough to hold all the cooked pasta.

Drain the pasta and add to the bowl with the tomato mixture. Toss to combine. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, torn basil and a few red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Serve immediately. Y

NOTE: Don’t throw away that brie rind. It’s the cook’s treat. Enjoy it on crackers with a drizzle of honey.

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Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course to Close Pines Course for $1.5 Million Re-grassing

POMPANO BEACH: The Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course closed its signature course, The Pines, to begin work on re-grassing the course with paspalum grass. Dependent on the weather, the course will be closed for approximately four months while construction is underway. The other 18-hole course on the property, the Palms, will remain open during this period.

In their March 14 commission meeting, the City of Pompano Beach approved a measure authorizing city staff to fulfill a $1.5 million contract with Country Club Services Inc. for the re-grassing services. The bidding process for the contract was waived as part of the resolution to award the contract to the constructor. The City received no proposals to re-grass the course by the deadline set late last year.

Tammy Good, a capital improvement plan manager who spoke at the meeting, said, “everyone was really, really busy.”

The contractor has previously worked on the Pines Course and has provided “exemplary” work according to the request to bypass the bidding process. Good said when no bids were received, several informal verbal quotes were attained from other firms to ensure a fair price was reached with the contractor.

In 2019, Country Club Services Inc. provided re-grassing services for replacing the putting

surfaces and collars on the Pines course’s greens. Also, some test plots of paspalum were installed throughout the Pines course, “which have been very successful,” according to Golf Course Manager Brian Campbell.

“There has been a pretty substantial difference” in how much better the paspalum has performed in the conditions, said Robert Farina, owner of Country Club Services, Inc., saying that “the paspalum has thrived; it’s taken over the Bermuda grass.” This is especially encouraging for golfers hoping to enjoy new turf because Bermuda grass is notoriously difficult to kill and can compete with the new turf for dominance and nutrients.

While the word “Bermuda” elicits the image of a pristine beach with perfect white sand in your mind, the paspalum turf thrives in the sandy soil and high-salinity water more than the Bermuda grass. The proximity to the beach and the reclaimed salt water used for irrigation combine to create ideal conditions for the paspalum.

Good said that this should “reduce the burden on maintenance” due to the test plots of turf thriving in the conditions and its robustness in the face of aggressive wear and tear exhibited by golfers. Although decreased costs and increased revenue might not be relied upon to keep the course operational, “a golf course in better shape tends to get more income,” Farina said.

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ABOVE Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course photo by Jeff Graves OPPOSITE Rendering of the new Youth Sports Complex in Pompano Beach courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa


In the weeks leading to the closure, there were two closures of the Pines course for preparations. The main construction began in April, including the fairways, roughs, tee boxes, and surrounding greens.

All construction is meant to reflect the Greg Norman design, besides making the tee boxes on par threes larger, in order to reduce wear and tear. The fairway and green-side bunkers are also slated to be reconstructed. All fairway bunkers are specifically required by the contract to be in the line of sight of a golfer standing on the tee box.

The process will begin with a reverse-rotation rototiller and soil renovator. This machine clears the layers of earth right below the surface of all sorts of debris so that the grass can take root easier.

While the ground is being prepared for sodding, reconstruction on all of the bunkers will take place. Then, after months of laboring, more than 1,600 Georgia Bushels of new platinum paspalum grass will be placed and begin to take root. Y


The Youth Sports Complex located at NE 10th Street across from the Pompano Beach Air Park is slated to open soon. The beleaguered project has faced several challenges on its road to completion — namely, the COVID-19 pandemic, which put strains on all parts of the construction process; the supply chain slowed, costs increased, and labor became scarce.

In any event, the project, which began its journey through the Pompano Beach City Commission in 2019, is opening to much excitement. James Elder, president and founder of Pompano Beach Football Club (PBFC), a not-for-profit organization that Pompano licensed to run its soccer program, said the club is excited for this project to finish and that it is sure to be great for the kids and for the city.

The City of Pompano Beach and PBFC recently hosted a 3-on-3 tournament at the sports complex next to Pompano Beach Elementary School. Teams played on the outfields of the many baseball fields. Elder said that future tournaments will run much smoother now that the new complex will be open. He also said that teams from all over South Florida will be more likely to compete in our tournaments now, raising the level of competition and giving players a better chance at being looked at by scouts.

The complex itself resides on a 10-acre parcel of land purchased from the Pompano Beach Elks Club for $5.5 million. The complex will have four fields; two artificial turfed full-sized fields and two natural turf fields for younger athletes. The two full-sized fields will have lights for night play.

Near the parking lot will be a

4,000-square-foot clubhouse, which will house a concessions window, equipment storage, offices, and restrooms. The design of the clubhouse creates an “outdoor living room” for players and spectators to rest or escape the elements. It has also been designed with future expansion in mind; they won’t have to tear it down to create more multi-purpose spaces, according to Horacio Danovich, the capital improvements and innovation district director.

According to city documents, the project, which cost more than $12 million after all expenses were accounted for, had to be broken into two phases. The first phase consisted of demolishing the aforementioned Elks Club, removing and relocating trees, site preparation and grading, sewage, drainage and other general preparations, including building the “shell” of the clubhouse.

The second phase included building the parking lot, lights, and finishing the interior and exterior of the clubhouse. Surprisingly, building a flat piece of grass is pretty costly. Just the turf for the fields cost north of half a million dollars. A significant portion of time is spent on the underground portion of the design; the drainage, water and sewage connections, electrical etc., Danovich said. Proper surveys, studies, and calculations all have to be observed as it can get very costly and time-consuming to repair and replace if there is a problem.

The new park will have more than 33,000 square feet of green space. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony does not yet have a confirmed date at the time of printing.

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And Fish Kitchen + Bar. SEAFOOD Located at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, diners will enjoy a modern take on fresh seafood. The restaurant sports a contemporary and breezy ambiance. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. ITALIAN • PIZZA • WINGS You can credit this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings — do you need any more? Try the cauliflower pizza — good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954942-5550 $$

The Beach Grille. AMERICAN Delicious eats near the beach with the capability to order online. 3414 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-6000 $

Beach House. AMERICAN • CRAFT COCKTAILS This is the perfect place to take out-of-town guests. Snag one of the stadium seating style booths overlooking the Atlantic. Enjoy the casual and relaxed ambiance with a rooftop deck on the second floor. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd. 954607-6530 $$

Brew Fish. BAR AND GRILL Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. They have a comprehensive bar/pub-style menu. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$

Briny Irish Pub. IRISH • BAR FOOD At the end of East Atlantic Boulevard stands Briny Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food and some classics like bangers and mash and fish-n-chips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $

Bru’s Room Sports Grill. AMERICAN This spot is home to the Florida State Booster Club of Broward County. Wings and plenty of bar food is available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $

Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. CARIBBEAN Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a restaurant is known for its fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites all served with an island flair. Try the house special cutter (sandwich) — sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed-out kaiser roll. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$

Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN For a traditional German meal, try the wiener schnitzel — it’s divine — a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed — throw a little of that brown gravy on them, and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other side options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. Imbibe to your heart’s content with their vast assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$

Chef Dee’s. SUSHI • SEAFOOD A small neighborhood place with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for ev-

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Minds Brewing Co., BREWERY

• ARTISANAL PIZZA Dangerous Minds is more than just a brewery. This spot at Pompano Citi Centre offers artisanal pizzas made from scratch. Their specialty is a Scotch egg, a soft-boiled egg wrapped in homemade sausage and then fried until crispy on the outside. But back to the brewery — all the beers are brewed on-site, and owners Adam and Andre hale from Germany and England — two countries steeped in beer tradition. 1901 N Federal Highway, 954-657-8676 $-$$

Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. INTERNATIONAL This restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$

Deep Oceanfront Dining & Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$

Deccan Spice. INDIAN Enjoy the contemporary decor and take your pick from classic dishes like chicken tikka and biryani and curry dishes to some Indo-Chinese twists like crunchy stir-fried noodles. There are plenty of vegetarian options on this menu and many variations on naan — Indian flatbread. 1149 S. Federal Highway, 954-366-1847 $$

Di Farina Pasta Factory & Restaurant. ITALIAN We all know that fresh-cut pasta is superior to the dried variety we have become accustomed to. But making pasta from scratch is a process. But what if you could just pick it up nearby or even have it delivered. Dreams do come true. Di Farina offers a variety of freshly made pasta to go. And if you can’t be bothered to make a sauce, they’ve got 19 from which to choose. The restaurant also has a full menu of Italian favorites. 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-953-6771 $$

Flamingo Seafood. SEAFOOD Located in a remodeled gas station, this popular new eatery is a welcome addition to Pompano Beach. The menu features a raw bar and many small plates that are optimal for sharing. We tried four different kinds of oysters, which were all fresh and perfectly briny, with a considerable difference in size. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and raw bar offerings. We also shared a few small plates, including a raw salmon dish, stuffed pepper dews and pork rillettes. Flamingo also features a full bar, contributing to the casual and lively atmosphere. 2798 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-2009 $$-$$$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-3762 $$

The Foundry. AMERICAN • CONTINENTAL Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and old-fashioned casual dining seating — all with a contemporary Ameican menu. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754205-6977 $$

Galuppi’s. AMERICAN What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $-$$

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Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. ITALIAN Gianni’s is practically a Pompano Beach landmark. Enjoy traditional Italian fare at this family-owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday – Friday. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$

Houston’s. AMERICAN Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. An outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal are available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$

J Mark’s. AMERICAN A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000 $$$

Kin Asian Street Food. ASIAN • SUSHI Enjoy everything from inventive takes on ramen soups with pork belly and a jammy egg to rice bowls and dumplings. We swooned over the shiitake buns, mushrooms, ground peanuts and cilantro, all on a steamed rice bun. The gyoza was also a star — the dough was light and tender with a flavorful filling. The restaurant has a comprehensive sushi menu, but this is a place to order outside your comfort zone. After all, isn’t sushi the new pizza? 143 SW Sixth St., 954-532-4567 $$

La Perla Di Pompano. ITALIAN This small and intimate Italian eatery offers a wide selection of Italian dishes, including four different risotto dishes alone. 420 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$$-$$$$

La Veranda. ITALIAN The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. There is an extensive selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. Taste the love in their homemade desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$

Las Orquideas. COLOMBIAN For an authentic Colombian meal, you don’t need to go any further than Atlantic Boulevard. Not only can you find all of your Colombian favorites, but the restaurant has a full bar with fun cocktails. 900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-772-7272 $$-$$$

Legends Tavern and Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy gastropub fare, including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads and a huge choice of appetizers. 10 SW Sixth St. $-$$

Lucky Fish Beach Bar + Grill. AMERICAN It’s places like Lucky’s that make you happy you live in South Florida. This tiki bar by the sea (just south of the pier) offers simple eats, some top-notch people watching all with an ocean view. The menu includes classic snack foods like coconut shrimp, fish dip, tuna poke nachos plus salads, sandwiches and smash burgers. 222 N Pompano Beach Blvd. $

Miami Masala. INDIAN Enjoy classic Indian dishes and a few more modern ones with an Indian twist. While not being a classic Indian dish, the stuffed Hungarian peppers appetizer had all the flavors fans of the cuisine crave. Try the Indian crepe — crazy good. A daily lunch buffet includes traditional, vegetarian and vegan choices. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-317-1371 $$

Mora Grill. MEDITERRANEAN This cozy yet modern spot is open for lunch and dinner. The menu includes a range of Mediterranean favorites, from kebobs to gyros. They offer lunch specials and family-style platters for six people served with appetizers, salads, kebobs, rice and vegetables. 3428 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-933-2003 $$

Nonna’s Bistro & Cafe. ARGENTINEAN • BAKERY • CAFE Some of Nonna’s offerings include pasta frola cake, American keto salad, and a charcuterie board for two. Carryout and delivery are available. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-532-9920 $$

Oceanic. AMERICAN • SEAFOOD Along with stunning ocean views, the restaurant offers a comprehensive menu emphasizing seafood. If you are looking for a standout salad, the watermelon arugula salad with grilled

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shrimp is a perfect choice. The shrimp and grits were prepared traditionally and packed with flavor. The baby back ribs were melting off the bone, and there was enough for a doggy bag. The restaurant boasts dazzling architecture inspired by the great ocean liners of years past. 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-366-3768 $$-$$$

Pho Lavie. VIETNAMESE If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go and have some pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$

Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Tucked away in a small strip mall near the Hillsboro inlet is Ruby’s, serving classic Italian fare. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$

Rusty Hook Tavern. AMERICAN Located on the Pompano Intracoastal, sit inside or outside; just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-941-2499 $$

Saito Japanese Steakhouse. JAPANESE This Japanese steakhouse offers a wide variety of entrees, including teriyaki dishes, tempura and sushi. Diners can choose to sit at the sushi bar, or they can enjoy hibachi-style dining. The restaurant has a comprehensive cocktail menu and 20 different kinds of martinis. 2101 N Federal Highway, Suite 208, 954-945-8888 $$

Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. AMERICAN Located in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the Intracoastal, you can dine poolside or waterside; either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $$

Seaside Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a view of the Atlantic while enjoying fresh seafood and an icy cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fish lover — there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$

Shishka Lebanese Grill. MIDDLE EASTERN It’s not easy to make a good falafel, but the ones at Shishka are worth every calorie. There are plenty of other choices, too, from the classic hummus to baba-ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$

Spanx the Hog BBQ. BARBECUE Spanx uses natural ingredients and offers dine in, take out, and custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $

Sushi Lab. JAPANESE • AMERICAN Don’t be fooled by the name, Sushi Lab, offers plenty of options for the sushi averse. But if you are a fan, the restaurant has a plethora of rolls and sashimi. Plus the omakase experience where the chef chooses. Also, be sure to try one of the hand-crafted cocktails. 1350 N. Ocean Blvd., (inside the Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront) 954-937-7366 $$-$$$

Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN Everything at Table 2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$

Take Sushi. JAPANESE • SUSHI Fresh, authentic Japanese fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-2442 $$

Umberto’s of Long Island. ITALIAN • PIZZA When a pizza is named Grandma’s Pizza — you must order it. And trust us, you won’t regret it. There is family tradition baked into every bite. But, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Umberto’s offers all the Italian standards. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-784-7110 $$

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Cuisine. ITALIAN • PIZZA An abundance of Email us with any additions, closings, or corrections at editor@pointpubs.com. It’s always a good idea to call first before heading out on your dining adventure. From the owner of Taste of Siam, Heart Rock Sushi & Red Lotus Thai 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach 954-532-7901 Open Mon-Sun 12-9pm • Take Out • Delivery • Catering Order Online www.yamuthai.com & yamuthaijapanese.com Thai & Japanese Cuisine

Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not; they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-943-5387 $$

Wings N’ Things. WINGS • BARBECUE It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s worth trying. 150 S. Sixth St., 954-781-9464 $

Yamu Thai. JAPANESE • THAI All your favorite sushi and Thai dishes 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-532-7901

Zoyuz by Talay Thai. SUSHI • JAPANESE BOWLS Zoyuz offers sushi and inventive ramen-inspired bowls. Plus, they have an innovative drink menu. 2515 E Atlantic Blvd. 954-951-6068 $$

Zuccarelli. ITALIAN • PIZZA This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavolo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a house salad. Bring your breath mints because their garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $

Lighthouse Point

Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grill. AMERICAN Bar food and a wide array of televised sports games with a game room for kids. 2002 E. Sample Road, 954-960-2477 $

Cap’s Place. SEAFOOD Lighthouse Point’s own hidden seafood joint dating back to prohibition. Take the short boat ride over to the restaurant. 2765 NE 28th Court, 954-941-0418 $$$

Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $-$$

Fish Shack. SEAFOOD This restaurant used to be a “best-kept secret.” But now that they have moved into the Shoppes at Beacon Light, the word is out. The Fish Shack keeps it simple, serving fresh fish prepared in several ways. There is more to the menu, but it is called The Fish Shack. 2460 N. Federal Highway, 954-586-4105 $$

Le Bistro. CONTINENTAL Classically-trained chef Andy Trousdale serves up classics and inventive new dishes at this little neighborhood gem. Fresh and local produce is always used, and vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free menu items are available. A note to the wise; the porcini mushroom soup is worth every calorie. The restaurant also offers cooking classes and wine tasting dinners. More than worthy of a special occasion. Reservations are recommended. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-9469240 $$$

Legends Tavern and Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy gastropub fare, including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads and a huge choice of appetizers. 3128 N. Federal Highway, 754-220-8932 $-$$

Lighthouse Thai Sushi. THAI • SUSHI This casual spot in the Shoppes of Beacon Light hits the spot when you seek a casual sushi or Thai dinner. The rolls are fresh, fun and tasty and the various Thai curries will leave you craving more. 2476 N Federal Highway, 954-532-6342 $$

The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. AMERICAN Nestled at the Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sriracha. You can’t go

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wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. They are a dog-friendly restaurant. 2830 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$

Papa’s Raw Bar. SUSHI • SEAFOOD While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired decor accounts for part of their charm. The menu goes beyond typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers an impressive array of sushi and sashimi. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-307-5034 $$-$$$

Rocca Trattoria. ITALIAN Rocco is a small and intimate neighborhood place serving classic Italian fare. The shrimp tempura appetizer, while not classically Italian, was light, crispy and a great starter to share. We were suitably impressed with the flavor bomb that is the veal chop valdostano. The veal is butterflied, pounded thin, stuffed with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and wild mushrooms and topped with a brandy Marsala sauce. If you want something a touch lighter, the grilled salmon was delicate and fresh and prepared with garlic, fresh herbs and a touch of lemon. The chicken franchise was perfectly cooked — the meat was moist and tender, and the coating was light — just enough to soak up the lemony goodness of the sauce. 2014 E Sample Road, 954-876-1733 $$

Deerfield Beach

Baja Cafe. MEXICAN Locals flock to this long-established favorite for a Mexican dinner or just drinks. They are known for their margaritas and entrées, including their bandito honey bean burritos and many taco options. You’ll also enjoy their endless fresh chips served with two types of salsa.

1310 S. Federal Highway, 954-596-1304 $$

Barracuda Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • BRAZILIAN This spot by the sea serves seafood with a touch of Brazilian flare, such as the bobo de camarao — shrimp sautéed in coconut milk, saffron, palm oil and yucca cream baked in a cast-iron skillet. 123 NE 29th Ave., 954531-1290 $$

Casa Maya. MEXICAN Start with a margarita, and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$

Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. SEAFOOD • SEASONAL Chanson offers fine dining with an ocean view. 45 NE 21st Ave., 954-8572929. $$$$

Deer Creek Grille. AMERICAN Enjoy the club atmosphere with gorgeous views of the lush gardens and waterfall. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, a Sunday breakfast buffet and covered patio dining so you can dine al fresco. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., 954-421-5553 $$

JB’s on the Beach. SEAFOOD The restaurant boasts glorious beach views and a private glass room perfect for business or family affairs. 300 N. Ocean Way, 954-571-5220 $$$

Le Val de Loire Restaurant. FRENCH • STEAKHOUSE The menu at this cozy French bistro includes many classics. So next time you crave sole meunière, filet mignon au poivre or beef bourguignon, you don’t have to go further than the Cove. The steakhouse menu includes a New York strip and a rib eye, among other cuts. Le Val de Loire is a French restaurant, so they offer three sauces with the steaks — including a mushroom cream sauce. Classic steakhouse sides like creamed spinach are also available. 1576 SE Third Court, 954-427-5354 $$$

Little Havana. CUBAN Little Havana has fantastic lunch specials, and most of their dinner plates will feed two. Their masas de puerco frita

and their Little Havana steak are two of the standout menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$

Luigi di Roma. ITALIAN The atmosphere is always lively at Luigi di Roma — mainly if you arrive during happy hour! Naturally, you will find all your favorite Italian dishes on the menu, with everything from eggplant Parmesan to shrimp scampi and everything in between. You can also order take-out online. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-531-6151 $$-$$$

Ocean’s 234. SEAFOOD Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and the pier with gluten-free options are available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-4282539 $$$

Patio Bar & Grill. CONTINENTAL Enjoy cocktails just feet from the sandy beaches of Deerfield. This relaxed spot at the Wyndham serves casual fare. You can stick to the classics like wings or a shrimp cocktail. Or be more adventurous and enjoy an order of volcano spring rolls stuffed with crab and served with sriracha mayo and wakame slaw. They also serve burgers and plenty of fresh salads and savory entrees. There is often live music contributing to the energetic vibe. 2096 NE Second St., (at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort) 954-596-8618 $$

Patrizio of NYC. ITALIAN At Patrizio, you will find all the classic Italian dishes we all love. The vibe is lively and the food is tasty. What more do you need? 1544 SE Third Court, 954-751-9797 $$

Taj. INDIAN This unassuming eatery in the Cove Shopping center has been quietly chugging along for years. The restaurant serves various Indian favorites, including tandoori breads, biryani, lamb specialties, and plenty of vegetarian options. The saag paneer, which is the Indian version of creamed spinach, goes well with anything on the menu. SE 15th Terrace, 954-427-0423 $$

Tijuana Taxi Co. MEXICAN Perhaps it’s the all-day happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 11am-7pm) with $6 El Jimador margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the day’s weight lifts off your shoulders. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous — certainly enough for a doggie bag. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for $1.99 from the $6.99 kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954-708-2775 $$

Whales’ Rib. SEAFOOD Locals know it well, and tourists know it from “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Whatever you do, don’t skip the whale fries. 2031 NE Second St., 954-421-8880 $$ Fast & Casual

Pompano Beach FAST & CASUAL

Anne Marie’s Pizza and Wine Co. PIZZA • ITALIAN Whether you are looking to grab a quick slice or enjoy a much-needed date night, Anne Marie’s fits the bill. Enjoy a cheesy slice of New York-style pizza, bruschetta or classic chicken Francese. 2313 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach 954-590-2100.

Bakery Fusion. CAFE • BAKERY This spot at Pompano Citi Centre is a handy spot to grab a coffee and a fresh-baked good. The menu also includes many different sandwiches, soups, salads and smoothies. You can also find fresh bread such as baguettes, ciabatta and other daily selections and a wide selection of coffee drinks, from cappuccino to an affogato 1901 N. Federal Highway (Pompano Citi Centre), 954-532-7383

Brendans. BAR AND GRILL Burgers, wings and more — you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-0033

Big Louie’s. ITALIAN • PIZZA A South Florida chain offering classic Italian dishes. 2190 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-5510

Borogodo Brazilian Grill. BRAZILIAN Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11am-4:30pm; Saturday 11am-5:30pm. 7 SE 22nd Ave., 954782-8040

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Broad Street Deli. BREAKFAST • DELICATESSEN Jewish-style deli sandwiches, subs, wraps, homemade soups, bagels, and homemade baked knishes. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday, 8:30am4pm. 2657 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-816-9649

Cafe Brie. SANDWICHES • SALADS A little gem of a place that serves fantastic sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts. 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7800

Cafe Sportivo. CAFE Cash only, but don’t let that stop you. They are family-owned and operated with a variety of espresso drinks. 2219 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-6672

Cannoli Kitchen. ITALIAN • PIZZA The Cannoli Kitchen has been a staple for fast-casual Italian fare in Boca Raton since 1996. Now, lucky for the folks in Pompano, they are open at a new Pompano Beach Fishing Village location. Try one of their many pasta dishes, calzones, subs, stromboli and other Italian classics like shrimp fra diabolo, chicken or veal marsala, and many more. 255 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., 954-737-3737

Carlucci’s Brick Oven Trattoria & Pizzeria. ITALIAN Italian favorites and brick oven pizza at the beach. Open lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm. 3420 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-3150

Chez Cafe. COFFEE • BAKERY A warm and cozy place to grab breakfast, lunch or a latte. 1631 S. Cypress Road, 954-933-3453

Dandee Donut Factory. BAKERY • PASTRIES From the classic old-fashioned sour cream to Boston cream, these babies are just begging to be dunked. Bagels, breakfast and lunch are also available. 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-1461

Five Girls. DINER Check out this cozy, neighborhood joint. Five Girls offers all the classics you crave, including burgers, hand-cut fries and the owner’s favorite Philadelphia cheesesteaks. 2659 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954783-8889

La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. PIZZA • WINE BAR Enjoy weekly deals with plenty of beers on tap and wines by the glass. Try the sweet southern swine pizza for something different — a light and crispy pizza topped with pork belly, arugula, and cheese. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-3535

Jet’s Pizza. PIZZA Try one of the specialty pizzas such as Philly cheese steak with Alfredo sauce or the BLT. 437 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-5387

Jukebox Diner. DINER Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-5882

Lester’s Diner. DINER American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109

Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Seaside eats and happy hours. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804

Little Italian. ITALIAN • PIZZA Little Italian Pizza is the best kind of Italian restaurant — the kind that feels like a hole-in-the-wall, but quickly grows vibrant as the large, steaming plates of homestyle Italian dishes come barreling out of the kitchen. While the small restaurant doesn’t

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serve alcohol, they do allow BYOB. Families bring in bottles of red wine to cork, creating a joyous atmosphere. The restaurant has a huge menu with stromboli, calzone, soups, salads, subs, 26 kinds of specialty pizzas, baked pasta dishes, chicken and veal entrées and traditional pasta dishes and desserts. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550

Mini Pita. MEDITERRANEAN The comprehensive menu includes plenty of salads, pita melts, sandwiches, gyros, shawarma, kebabs, falafel, and entrees that include lamb chops and mousaka. 2555 E. Atlantic Blvd. 954-532-9595

Nelson’s Diner. DINER Nelson’s diner is a cute, hole-in-the-wall 50s diner with Elvis memorabilia on the walls, baseball flags on the ceiling, friendly servers and classic red vinyl booths. 438 S. Cypress Road, 954-785-3646

Pascal & Cathy French. BAKERY • CAFE For fresh French baked goods, you can’t beat Pascal & Cathy. In fact, you can watch through a window as the croissants, eclairs and baguettes are prepared and baked right on the premises. The small shop also offers breakfast, sandwiches, salads, coffee and more. The croque monsieur was positively sinful and worth every calorie. 998 N Federal Highway, Suite 4-5, 954-756-1496

Rocket at Valentino’s. PIZZA This family-owned pizzeria is an excellent alternative to the big chains. Order an authentic Italian pizza and taste the love! 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-943-5387

Stingers Pizza. PIZZA • AMERICAN Dine in or order delivery. They will bring your pizza to the beach—a million minds making the world a better place. 1201 S. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-2344

The Bite Eatery. FOOD HALL This European style food hall is the perfect spot when your group can’t decide where to go or what to eat. Whether it’s Mexican, deli, pizza, Italian, Cuban, lobster rolls, ceviche or

Rocca Trattoria

2014 E Sample Road, Lighthouse Point, 954-960-2477

Everyone loves a small neighborhood place serving up Italian fare. Rocca’s restaurant in Lighthouse Point recently changed management, and the food has been upgraded considerably. The new owners invited us in for a staff tasting, and everyone pretty much rolled themselves home.

We started off our dining adventure with a mix of appetizers. Tempura might not come to mind when you think Italian, but Rocca’s shrimp tempura appetizer was impossibly light, crispy and savory. Of course, any classic Italian restaurant must serve meatballs,

and Rocca’s were tender and packed with flavor and could easily be a meal unto themselves. We were suitably impressed with the flavor bomb that is the veal chop valdostano. The veal is butterflied, pounded thin, stuffed with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and wild mushrooms and topped with a brandy Marsala sauce. If you want something a

touch lighter, the grilled salmon was delicate and fresh and prepared with garlic, fresh herbs and a touch of lemon.

The chicken franchise was perfectly cooked — the meat was moist and tender, and the coating was light — just enough to soak up the lemony goodness of the sauce.

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burgers, you can find it at the Bite Eatery. We loved the lobster roll and the mushroom and sausage pasta at Momma Mia. Plus there is a full bar in the center of it all. How easy is that? 2715 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-361-7702

The Chicken Box & More. SOUTHERN This small spot with just a couple of tables serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and does a robust take-out business. Have your fill of southern comfort food, including shrimp and grits with scrambled eggs, fried pork chops, classic potato salad, meatloaf and collard greens. The greens were stellar — they were juicy and perfectly seasoned with bits of pork supplying a pleasing heft. 204 N. Flagler Avenue, 954-781-7400

The Poké Company. POKÉ Build your own bowl by choosing a base of rice or greens, then add a protein such as ahi tuna or steamed shrimp, then go to town with the mix-ins and sauces. Then top your bowl with everything from pickled ginger to tempura flakes. There are an infinite amount of choices. If bowls aren’t your thing, you can build your own poké burrito. 1154 N. Federal Highway, 754-220-8933

The Rabbit Hole. VEGAN This small spot serves up elevated vegan comfort cuisine. If you are trying to eat less meat, but still crave chicken wings, The Rabbit Hole serves boneless and meatless chicken wings in a plethora of flavors. Other dishes include shrimp po’ boy sandwich, a southern barbecue platter, hot dogs, stir-fry and more. Remember, it’s all vegan. 2659 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-419-4899

Tortillería Mexicana. MEXICAN If you’re looking for a taco that goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Who does that? 1614 E. Sample Rd., 954-943-0057

Lighthouse Point FAST & CASUAL

Burger Fi. BURGERS Everything at Burger Fi is cooked to order. Don’t miss the fries and the larger-than-life onion rings. The breakfast all-day burger is topped with a fried egg. 3150 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-7120

Red Fox Diner. DINER Treat yourself to one of the daily specials at the Red Fox and you just might be able to skip dinner. But if you are in the mood for some comforting diner food, Red Fox never disappoints. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. 2041 NE 36th St., (Sample Road) 954-783-7714

Offerdahl’s. BAGELS • SANDWICHES • SALADS If you are in search of a decent bagel, this is the spot. But the menu goes far beyond bagels with tasty, inventive and healthy salads, satisfying sandwiches, and entrees. 2400 N Federal Highway, 954-788-3464

Packy’s Sports Pub. SPORTS BAR If you are looking for a local spot to watch the game, Packy’s always pack them in. 4480 N. Federal Highway, 954-657-8423

Snow Time. BOBA TEA This spot for treats features bubble tea (boba) in about a zillion flavors. If you are looking for something new, different and delicious, get some bubble tea. Other sweet treats are paper-thin shaven ice cream and authentic Asian snacks. 2482 N. Federal Highway in the Shoppes at Beacon Light, 954-597-6269

Deerfield Beach FAST & CASUAL

Biondo’s Pizza. PIZZA • SUBS Dine-in or take-out available. For something other than pizza, try the stromboli or the wings. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754

Email us with any additions, closings, or corrections at editor@pointpubs.com. It’s always a good idea to call first before heading out on your dining adventure.

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Bob’s Pizza. PIZZA • ITALIAN Pizza served remarkably close to the beach — as if pizza could get any better. 2076 NE Second St., 954-4261030

Burger Craze. BURGERS Top-quality ingredients come together to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers, hot dogs, wings and more. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596- 5949

Charm City. BURGERS From the moment they opened their doors, Charm City became a local favorite. If burgers aren’t your jam, fear not — they have plenty of options for non-carnivores. Try the emperor — an American Kobe beef patty with aged Swiss, truffled aioli and sautéed mushrooms — a burger fit for a king. And of course the fries are totally addictive. 1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-531-0300

El Jefe. MEXICAN For a genuinely inventive take on Mexican street food, this small yet bright and cheery taco joint is full of surprises. There is a plethora of proteins from which to choose. Pick one and have it in a taco, a bowl, a salad or even a burrito. The vegetarian salad is one of the best salads in town — perfect for a fulling but satisfying lunch. 27 N. Federal Highway, 954-246-5333

Fat Boyz. BARBECUE The folks at Fat Boyz have been serving up barbecue in South Florida for a while now, and lucky for the folks in Deerfield Beach, they opened a spot on E. Hillsboro Boulevard. We chomped down on some St. Louis style ribs which were satisfyingly smoky and tender. Plus, all the sides we tried were delicious. We’ll be back for more. 1200 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-415-4810

Gelateria. GELATO Gelateria offes more than 26 flavors of gelato. Take a stroll on the beach with a cone. Open daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 694-428-2850

Michael’s Pizzeria. PIZZA Closed Mondays 1645 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954-426-1515

Nick’s Pizza. PIZZA Nick’s family moved from the Bronx to Deerfield Beach years ago and opened Nick’s Pizza. The restaurant offers an extensive Italian catering menu, delivery and New York Style pizza. 137 NE Second Ave., 954-421-6700.

The Pickle Barrel. DELICATESSEN Get in touch with your inner New Yorker at this old-style deli, complete with friendly guys behind the counter filling your sandwich with enough pastrami to feed a family. 33 E. Hillsboro Blvd., 954-427-0650

Olympia Flame. DINER With a traditionally huge diner menu, you can’t go wrong at the Olympia Flame. For a real treat, try the turkey pot pie. The friendly staff makes you feel like a regular — even if you aren’t — but you should be. 80 S. Federal Highway, 954-480-8402

The Sticky Bun. DELI • BAKERY Everyone will find something to munch on, whether their flourless chocolate cake or a short rib panini with fontina cheese and pickled red onions… yum. We’re still dreaming about the BLT. 1619 SE Third Court, 754-212-5569

Tropical Grill Island Cuisine. CARIBBEAN Don’t be fooled by the counter service at this beachside eatery where the offerings range from escovitch snapper to shrimp curry. Grab a table outside for people watching. 241 N. Ocean Drive, 754-227-5055.

Umberto’s. PIZZA Family tradition baked into every bite. Try Grandma’s pizza, square pizza with fresh tomato and basil and, of course, mozzarella. 233 N. 21st Ave., 954-421-7200 Y

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Adirondack Splendor

The Mirror Lake Inn

The only thing better than lounging in an Adirondack chair is lounging in an Adirondack chair in the Adirondacks. When one thinks of the great mountain ranges, our minds typically spring to the Rockies or the Alps, but the Adirondacks are a stunning part of this country and just under three hours away by plane.

The Village of Lake Placid gained world fame as a Winter Olympics venue, and of course, the Mirror Lake Inn sits on the shores of the actual Lake Placid. Guests can enjoy two restaurants, each with its own vibe, but both use fresh local ingredients and cater to varying tastes. And, of course, what would a hotel be if it didn’t offer craft cocktails and locally brewed beers at a friendly bar? The View is the property’s fine dining venue, and as the name implies, it has a gorgeous view of the lake. It is the area’s only fine dining option, so reservations are highly recommended. The Cottage offers comfort foods, soups, sandwiches, and an expansive beer and wine list for a casual meal. There is also a spa on the property — because sometimes one needs more than an Adirondack chair to truly relax. Y

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